Dec 02, 2016 4:42AM
Aussie Students Have Replicated The HIV/AIDS That Martin Shkreli Made Impossible To Obtain
Captain douche face and trash human Martin Shkreli is known for upping the price of a HIV/AIDS treatment Daraprim from an affordable $13.50 to a filthy $750. Now, timing beautifully with World AIDS Day, a crew of Australian students have recreated the drug and become full pharma baes.
The students used the Open Source Malaria consortium and facilities at the University of Sydney to do the job in no time at all. It was the idea of Dr Alice Williamson, who was rocked by Martin Shkreli's decision.
"I couldn't get this story out of my head, it just seemed so unfair especially since the drug is so cheap to make and had been sold so cheaply for so long," she said.
And so she got her students to make it. "To me the route looked pretty simple," She said. "I thought if we could show that students could make it in the lab with no real training, we could really show how ridiculous this price-hike was and that there was no way it could be justified."
In just a few weeks the students managed to create 3.7g of pyrimethamine, the chemical name for Daraprim, which is worth about $110,000 based on Martin's prices.
@nedavanovac lol how is that showing anyone up? almost any drug can be made at small scale for a low price. glad it makes u feel good tho.
— Martin Shkreli (@MartinShkreli) 1 December 2016